Comic Timing: The Jean-Arnold Schoofs Collection

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Brought together by Belgian collector Jean-Arnold Schoofs, this is one of the world’s largest collections of strip cartoons. Schoofs was one of the first collectors to bridge the Atlantic acquiring exquisite work by some of the greatest names in the genre including Hergé, Foster, McCay and Franquin. He began collecting in the 1980s and went on to become friends with some of the most important authors. He was, therefore, often given the first pick of the best images, meaning 60 of the 132 lots in this sale are original plates.

Collection J.–A. S. Les Grands Maîtres de la Bande Dessinée 
24 October | Paris

Comic Timing: The Jean-Arnold Schoofs Collection

  • Tintin, le sceptre d'Ottokar, Hergé, 1939. Estimate: €600,000–800,000.
    Now one of the most famous strip cartoons of all time, Le Sceptre d’Ottokar was the eighth of Tintin’s adventures. This double-page spread was published in Le Petit Vingtième in 1939 and shows Tintin’s plane in a dramatic dive, enhanced by Hergé’s energetic use of line.

  • Spirou et Fantasio, les pirates du silence, André Franquin, 1956. Estimate: €200,000–250,000.
    In this volume, Fantasio and Spirou investigate the secretive Incognito City and uncover a dastardly plot. This particular panel demonstrates the artist André Franquin’s attention to modern design, with his skilled rendering of automobiles of the era and a wonderfully fluid modernist sculpture through which a character pokes his head.

  • Asterix et Cléopâtre, Albert Uderzo, 1964. Estimate: €200,000–250,000.
    Astérix et Cléopatre tells the story of the famous Gaulish duo’s escapades in Egypt. This page comes from the sixth volume of the Astérix comic book series, the most popular French-language series of all time and enjoyed around the world.

  • Little Nemo, Winsor McCay, 1910. Estimate: €40,000–50,000.
    This work from 1910 epitomises McCay’s experimental approach to his work. Combining square panels with long vertical panels, McCay’s imaginative style compliments the dream sequences of Little Nemo. Here, he climbs a dizzyingly tall ladder through clouds of smoke towards a mysterious floating vessel.

  • Flash Gordon, Alex Raymond, 1935. Estimate: €45,000–55,000.
    Published in the hay day of Flash Gordon in 1935, this plate was printed in large format on a full page of a newspaper. Raymond’s rapid marks and use of dramatic tones skillfully render the explosive narrative.

  • Mickey Mouse, Floyd Gottfredson, 1936. Estimate: €8,000–10,000.
    Gottfredson worked on the daily Mickey Mouse strip for some 45 years. This strip from 1936 is from early in his career and features the iconic characters Daffy Duck, Pluto and, of course, Mickey Mouse.

  • Blake et Mortimer, la marque jaune, Edgar P. Jacobs, 1954. Estimate: €120,000–150,000.
    La Marque Jaune is a classic comic by the Belgian author Edgar P. Jacobs. A mysterious villain terrorises London leaving his signature at the crime scene: a letter ‘M’ in yellow. This plate depicts a chase scene with Mortimer hurtling down the street in pursuit of the villain, the enigmatic Guinea Pig.